Recently on the Examiner: Shooting Music

November 15th, 2009
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It’s funny how things work out. Months ago, at the beginning of the summer, I hoped to spend the summer taking photos of street musicians around the city. But between all the rain and a hectic schedule, I didn’t get much opportunity for all that.
Now, over the last couple months I’ve found myself in the front row of show after show shooting musical performances for The Examiner. From hip hop acts I’ve known since I was a kid to indie bands I’ve never heard of. It’s pretty amazing and I’m just getting started.
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It’s not so recent anymore, but the week before leaving for Hawaii, I saw the Dirty Dozen Brass Band play Brooklyn Bowl in a fun, festive show opened by the band Turkauz, which I’m going to keep my eye out for in the future.
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Then, that weekend, the Brooklyn Museum celebrated it’s new rock photography exhibit with performances by some Indie Bands, which I got to photograph.
The photo show itself is amazing and inspiring. As a developing (heh) photographer, seeing how both the musicians and the photographers started out before creating the iconic works that have shaped our understanding of an intrinsic part of our culture.
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On a technical level, shooting in the dynamic and frenetic environment is educational every time. Different lights, different personalities, different settings add to the challenge of capturing the moment as I want it.
I hope to spend more time shooting concerts and performances going forward.
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